Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014 Not only does your home’s energy efficiency give you an indication about how efficiently your heating and cooling system is running, but it gives you a means to save more money. Taking steps to increase your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a giant, expensive project. There are several uncomplicated ways to do it: replacing your furnace filters when they’re dirty, using a programmable thermostat and keeping lights and electronics off when you’re not using them. The efficiency of your HVAC system can make all the difference when it comes to saving money on energy. The more severe winter and summer months in Humble mean your HVAC system will be working intensely, so now is the time to ensure it’s working efficiently. Your wallet will thank you. If your air filters are dirty, it’s more difficult for air to pass through them. This makes your heating and cooling system work harder than it needs to, and you lose energy efficiency. Not only that, but this additional work can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your system that could cause you to have to replace it sooner than you’d have to. Plus, clean filters give you more comfortable, clean air in your home. When it comes to the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling system, you need to consider its age. In general, newer systems are significantly more efficient. Be sure to take that in consideration when it comes time to make repairs to an older system. The typical lifespan of an HVAC system is 12 to 15 years. So, if your system is nearing that time, think through the cost of repair with the cost of a new system, factoring in possible energy rebates and the cost savings you’ll see on your utility bills. Here are even more steps to make your home more energy efficient: Make sure your home is insulated adequately. Be on the lookout for air leaks around your doors and windows and seal them and/or add weatherstripping. Keep your kitchen and laundry appliances clean, especially where they have ventilation. Making your home more energy efficient can be easy, especially when our team at Air Houston Mechanical LLC in Humble is happy to help. Whether you’re looking for ideas to keep your current system running more efficiently or you’re wanting to replace it, call us at 832-777-1521 or schedule an appointment online. We’re always here to help!